Lightweighting World has a committed group of speakers who are thought leaders in their respective areas of expertise. They are presenting in order to share their knowledge and to inspire engineering & management teams in product design, manufacturing and material science. They invite you to come and engage in the following topics with them:


Market Overview

Chassis & Suspension
Vehicle Electrification
Fastening & Joining 
Additive Manufacturing



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DAY 1 
Lyndon Lie
Executive Chief Engineer of Cadillac Programs
General Motors
Full Bio

Lyndon Lie was named Chief Engineer for Premium Luxury Vehicles in 2013. He is currently responsible for the Cadillac CT6 for the North American, Chinese, and Global markets. Prior to this assignment he was the Global Director for Front and Rear Closures where he led a team of engineers designing hoods, fenders, decklids and liftgates for all of GM’s programs worldwide. 

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Dr. Jody N. Hall
Vice President, Automotive Market
Steel Market Development Institute
Full Bio

Dr. Jody Hall is the vice president of the automotive market for the Steel Market Development Institute, where she is responsible for leadership of the Automotive Applications Council, a group of member steel producers, in automotive research, education and technology transfer activities.

Market Overview

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Carla Bailo, President and CEO
Center for Automotive Research
Impacts of Automated, Connected, Electrified and
Shared Mobility Services on the Future of Lightweighting
Full Bio

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Abey Abraham, Managing Director of Automotive & Materials
Ducker Worldwide
CAFÉ, NHTSA and Vehicle Lightweighting
Full Bio



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Mark Voss, Engineering Group Manager         
General Motors
Body Structures Advanced Composites and Pickup Boxes
Full Bio

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Jonathan Buckley, Director of Advance Engineering      
Challenge Manufacturing
Evolution of Automotive Body Structures
Full Bio

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Jeff Sulik, 
Engineering Group Manager - 
Body on Frame, Lower Structures
General Motors
Advanced High Strength Steel Technologies in 2019 Chevy Silverado
Full Bio

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Dhiraj Uikey, Scientist
PolyCarbonate Glazing: 
Trends, Enabling Technologies and Industrialization
Full Bio

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Laurent B. Chappuis, President
Light Metal Consultants LLC
Aluminum Autobody Sheet Developments Over 120 Years
Full Bio

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Cedric AlexanianHead of 
Industrialization and Engineering
Lightweighting of a Front End SUV Body Structure from
Welded Steel to Aluminum HPDC Process
Full Bio

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Brian Kight, Business Development Engineer
Meridian Lightweight Technologies
Magnesium Die Castings for Closure Applications                           
Full Bio

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Anthony Norton, Vice President, Americas Technical Operations

Simulation Driven Innovation for Lightweight Body-in-White Design
Full Bio



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Hal Gerber, Executive Director of Market Development
Multi-Material Cross Car Instrument Panel Beam
Full Bio            

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Dr. Padma Durbha, Senior Program Manager, Automotive Product Applications
Seats: Balancing Weight, Safety, Comfort and Cost
Full Bio



Chassis & Suspension

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Gregory Peterson, Principal Materials Engineer
Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center
Lightweight, Multi-Material Vehicle Frame
Full Bio            

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Andrew Halonen, President
Mayflower Consulting LLC
Design and Materials of Safety Critical Wheel-End
& Suspension Components
Full Bio  

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Naji Arwashan, Senior Structural Engineer
Martinrea International Inc.
Lightweighting Innovations for Chassis Subframes
Full Bio

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Parveen Kakar, SVP, Sales, Marketing and Product Development
Superior Industries
Aluminum Wheels: Lightweight with Style
Full Bio




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Sandra McClelland,
Business Development - NAFTA Automotive

Solvay Specialty Polymers
Engine Weight Reduction with Specialty Polymers
Full Bio

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Darrell Robinette, Assistant Professor - 
Mechanical Engineering
Michigan Technological University
Hybrid Vehicle Powertrain Packaging & Weight, and Autonomy

Full Bio

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Hugh Blaxill, General Manager
MAHLE Powertrain LLC
Gasoline Engine Technology Outlook                 
Full Bio

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David Weiss, Eck Industries, Inc.
Vice President, Engineering/R&D
Mass Reduction Using High Performance Aluminum Alloys
Full Bio


Vehicle Electrification

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Fred Kelley, Director of Technology
Prestolite Wire, a General Cable Company

Opportunity to Reduce Weight in Low and High Voltage
Copper Cables Using High Temperature Insulation and
Aluminum Conductor Designs
Full Bio

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Dennis Corrigan
DC Energy Consulting
Lightweighting Batteries in Electric and Hybrid Vehicles
Full Bio

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Ron Gillingham, Business Development Manager
Munro & Associates
EV Battery Trays: Materials, Cost & Weight
Full Bio


Fastening & Joining

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Juergen Hover, Technical Expert for
Joining Technologies 
Ford Motor Company
Joining in Support of Lightweighting for a High Volume OEM
Full Bio

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Gavin Vogel, Sr. Development Specialist
Dow Automotive Systems
Bonding Builds Better Vehicles
Full Bio

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Piyush Upadhyay, Scientist
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Dissimilar Metals Joining to Enable the
Future of Lightweight Multi-Materials Vehicle

Full Bio


Additive Manufacturing

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Jon Walker, Automotive Specialist & Area Sales Manager
EOS North America

Additive Manufacturing for Automotive Customization & Lightweighting
Full Bio

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Gary Latham, Technical Fellow
Pratt & Miller
Optimization of Additive Manufacturing for Low Volume Production
Full Bio